A 25-year-old woman, Ameena Shaikh, an employee at Mphasis call centre on Old Madras Road, was fatally knocked down by a speeding car on Bellary Road near CBI office at 6.30am on Sunday. Ameena, who refrained from taking the pedestrian subway for fear of encountering anti-social elements taking refuge there, instead chose to cross the busy road to the Bangalore International Airport, which witnesses fast-moving traffic at that time.
In recent times, such city subways have been turning into havens for anti-social elements, who take advantage of the desolate subways to operate, especially late night or early morning when it is quite dark.
Eye-witnesses told DNA that Ameena, daughter of accountant Anwar Hussain and Muneera Begum, was wearing a burqa and was on her way to work after leaving her paying-guest accommodation on 5th Cross Ganganagar at 6.20am. She had crossed the road till the divider on Bellary Road and was trying to negotiate the road divider when tragedy struck.
She had placed one leg on the other side of the two-feet-high divider when the lower part of her burqa got stuck in one of the divider’s studs. This forced her to bend to get her burqa released when the speeding car (a yellow board bearing registration number KA-01-D-8227) hit her at high speed.
The impact was so severe that Ameena was thrown more than 20 feet into the air before landing on her head. She was then run over by the rear right-wheel of a BMTC bus (registration number KA-01-F-8707 ) on the other side of the divider.
However, crossing the busy road and ignoring the subway was not the only safety norm ignored by Ameena. Eye-witnesses told the police that Ameena had been speaking on her mobile phone while crossing the road.
Incidentally, Ameena celebrated her 25th birthday on November 25 with her family back home in Produtturu in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. She had returned to the city just two days ago.
She had arrived in Bangalore about three years ago and was employed in a private firm before joining Mphasis. Ameena was staying with her parents, two sisters and a younger brother.
Ameena’s body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem at the MS Ramaiah Hospital. A case has been registered in RT Nagar traffic police station against the cab driver and BMTC bus driver. Cab driver Avinash of Ganesh Travels, and BMTC driver, Rajanna, were both arrested soon after the accident and released on bail later in the day.
Assistant commissioner of police (JC Nagar sub-division), HM Omkaraiah, however, told DNA that the subways there are no longer havens for anti-social elements as there is regular patrolling conducted by his men.